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say it encapsulated many of the problems that america faces in the war at large. the best military report, military expert in the country, tom bricks, joins me to tell you about it. while much of the focus of the nation and the show is on the hotspots around the world, what about the rest of the world? we will talk with the famous international writer and scholar of singapore to get a very different perspective on the world. let's get started. >>> all day long on cable, news talk shows, we hear about how president obama's doing. on fox, some say he's a socialist trying tune doctrine eight our children even as he mortgages their future. on msnbc, the lonely hero fighting to give help to the sick and employ the jobless and end racism in our time. and here on cnn, i'm on cnn, i wanted to see if we could get a clear look at what kind of a president he really is. what kind of a world he faces. i gathered panel of talented historians and writers. people who know greatness and the lack thereof when they see it help me accomplish this mission. walter isaacson has written terrific biographi
. on the one hand, he's the president. directing america's formidable might to ease the plight of millions in haiti. on the other, he's the de facto head of the democratic party. a party that just suffered a major electoral loss. there's lots of analysis what went wrong for the democrats, whether the country is in ideological terms to the left or sxrit what else this means for obama's presidency. is he a lame duck? let's start with some historical perspective. obama's approval ratings one year into his tenure are roughly the same as ronald reagan, bill clinton, jimmy carter's. the two bushes had higher ratings. 41 because of the collapse of the soviet union. and 43, because of 9/11. and the rallying effect that had on the presidency. so obama's situation is not dramatically worse than many of his predecessors which means it can be corrected. but what should he do? i would put it very simply. obama needs to start acting like a president and particularly the president he campaigned to become. for the last six months, barack obama has seemed to be not a president but a prime minister. he's no
. and that was very simple -- to restore the middle-class in america. look, because of the president's bold leadership, we weathered the most ferocious economic storm this nation has seen since the great depression, keeping us from sliding into a depression, as some leading economists suggested. the president, from the outset, has understood that it's all about jobs. but there's a lot of business to attend to, just to keep us from sliding off the edge. well, ladies and gentlemen, the president knows one other thing -- it's more than about jobs. a job is more than a paycheck. it's about dignity, and it's about respect, and too many people have lost it! ladies and gentlemen, president obama understands that the longest walk a mother or father can make is the trip up a short flight of stairs to their child's bedroom to say, "honey, i'm sorry, you're not going to be able to stay at stewart middle school next year," or "you can't play on west tampa's little league next year, honey. we're going to have to move," because mommy or daddy lost their job or because the bank said we can't keep our house. my dad m
of haiti and to the people of the world in these difficult hours, america stands united. we stand united with the people of haiti who have shown such incredible resilience and we'll help them to recover and to rebuild. >> cnn white house correspondent suzanne malveaux joins us with details. >> reporter: fred, having covered all three of these presidents individually, it was fascinating to see all three of them together in the rose garden today. obviously talking about something very dear and important to them. what struck me was the emotion that came from the two presidents who are taking on this humanitarian effort, this new effort. presidents clinton and bush. you heard president clinton today talking about the fact he personally knew people who perished from the earthquake from the united nations. he is the u.n. special envoy to haiti. he talked about the fact he's gone way back decades. he had his honeymoon in haiti with hillary clinton in 1975. and that the country was on its way to more political and economic stability. we also heard from president bush who said he was sick to his
deal from three realtors across america. you are in the "cnn newsroom"s. >>> the beautiful >>> here is what we know. a hard freeze watch has been in effect overnight fofrt northern part of florida, and some citrus groves in that area already received substantial damage. five deaths, two in georgia and three in vermont are being blamed on accidents on partially p frozen water. let's go to rob marciano. how much longer will we see the cold sticking around? >> we had the reinforcing shot last weekend. there is so much of the nation that has snow cover. over 50% of the nation. we have a cool front heading towards pittsburgh. the air behind this is not terribly cold. that's good news here. we are looking at temperatures around 20 degrees in chicago. 25 warming up. and now places are still in the lower 20s as well. not a huge difference as far as what we are seeing behind the front and ahead of the front. i think we tapped the arctic out, at least for now. breezy conditions will be the case behind this thing, and temperatures will be moderating at times. right now, though, it's 31 degrees
with enrollment in triple advantage. we're on the verge of historic reform, a major step forward for america. let's make sure the health care bill is as strong as possible. under the house plan, we'll be offered good coverage at work. and we won't pay a tax on our health benefits. if you're self-employed or between jobs, you'll be able to afford insurance. and you can keep the benefits you have now. we're at the finish line, tell the president and congress, choose wisely, get it right for us. >> all right. as we come back, a programming note. we are expecting the president of the united states to come out any time and then again yesterday he was supposed to come out at 2:30 and then at 3:00 and then supposed to come out at 4:15 and ended up coming out so much later so maybe we should have asked ed henry about that as well. regardless, here we are waiting on the president of the united states. he will have a statement any moment now, and when he does, you are going to hear it and see it here live on cnn. >>> meanwhile, movement today in the case of the wannabe airline bomber. you see the suv arriv
's interesting here is they're trying to use the bully pulpit of america to force these other countries and to force the airlines into having more enhanced screenings. the pilot authority, as you said, is still going to be highly discretionary as to what goes on in the cabin. what could be a potential loophole in these rules. if somebody from -- one of the rules covers somebody who is going to any of these suspect countries as well as if they carry a passport from that country. but it's only if they have flown to these countries. doesn't take in whether or not they may have traveled there by surface transportation. >> and of course, mark, the obama administration must have known about all of these changes and about what was to come here. at first they said they were just trying to keep people calm. and then the response ramped up after that. and all of these changes got into place. what are you hearing, if anything, from the administration about the handling of all of this and the timing? >> well, i mean, look, these changes wouldn't have gone into effect without the white house saying
america. >>> make sure to follow us on facebook and twitter. ali "the situation" is at "the situation." >> you can logon 24/7 to cnnmoney.com. have yourself a great weekend! >>> next in the "cnn newsroom," newly released video that takes us inside the mind of the man believed to be the suicide bomber who murdered seven cia employees. plus, it's just plain old frigid outside, icy roads and power outages across much of the nation. ♪ >> so what is this all about? creativity in the classroom? teachers find a clever way to reach their students. >>> here in the "cnn newsroom" where the news unfolds live this saturday, the 9th day of january, i'm fredricka whitfield. >>> a deadly arctic blast is pushing dangerous cold weather across the nation today. it is blamed for nine deaths. places like aberdeen, south dakota and valentine, nebraska are in the negative numbers, minus 33 degrees. one reporter was knocked down while trying to show the sustained winds. >> reporter: the windchill, it is just painful. >> well, you can see the person actually trying to hold her up until she was kn
and some say america wanted to protect its investments there. whatever the reasons for coming, the americans stayed for almost 20 years. and it was an often brutally occupation. the americans under franklin roosevelt withdrew but essentially of their own volleynition 1934. haiti remained a trouble and deeply chaotic place. 60 years later, they were back. in 1994, under the clinton administration, the american military fwhent again. this time, they came to restore democracy and two years later, haiti saw for the first time in its then almost 200-year history peaceful transition of power from one democratically elected president to another. then the earthquake. and late wednesday afternoon, of course, america returned again. this time not just with military might but with aide workers, search and rescue teams, doctors, nurses, much more. the responsible from the rest of the world has been strong. but the response from america has been extraordinary. it is a wonderful example of the power of america to do good and do it fast. so on today's show, a different kind of panel on haiti
in iran and iraq, it's the cause of america this preacher says. whatever is happening to america today is happening because of its foreign policy. >> reporter: so as you can see, brooke, people here are well aware of grievances of muslims across the world. >> it's interesting. he is pointing fingers at america and our foreign policy, but what about religious sects. some say it's exporting jihadism elsewhere? >> reporter: yes, we don't know quite how many people, how many members or anything like that among these sects in northern nigeria, but in the last year there has been a huge crackdown on the nigerian sects. 1,000 people was killed when a sect came against western education into the region. and in the last couple days, 30 to 70 people dead in another crackdown in a neighboring state. most of the sects have local grievances. they know what is going on in the world and the worry, brooke, is this region might just throw up another umar farouk abdulmutallab. brooke? >> not something we want to hear as we begin the new year at all. christian, thank you. great digging. >> he says he is
a substantial drug culture. america uses more over-the-counter prescription and elicit drugs than any other nation on earth, and we are a high society in that regard. when we look at sports which are competitive, the rewards have escalated phenomenally and the awards for achievement have escalated monetarily and in terms of social status, and inevitable that people would begin to use performance-related drugs in order to achieve the awards. that was not only predictable, but inevitable. >> are we now at the point where the most important person of an athlete's life is not the mama or daddy or coach, but the pharmacist now. have we relied on the drugs to get the edge? is that still the directional we are going? >> well, we are still in that mode. every time something is added to the list of prohibited drugs, you have people with chemistry backgrounds who are the organizational ability to create a stealth drug beneath the radar that somebody is going to use, because the rewards are just that great. also, the drugs are viral which is to say that once somebody uses the drug and their statistic
home. we're on the verge of historic reform, a major step forward for america. let's make sure the health care bill is as strong as possible. under the house plan, we'll be offered good coverage at work. and we won't pay a tax on our health benefits. if you're self-employed or between jobs, you'll be able to afford insurance. and you can keep the benefits you have now. we're at the finish line, tell the president and congress, choose wisely, get it right for us. [ birds screech ] [ loud rumbling ] [ rifle fires ] [ announcer ] if you think about it, this is what makes theladders different... from other job search sites. we only want the big jobs. join theladders.com. only $100k+ jobs and only $100k+ talent. and now, all premium members get a free résumé critique. >>> we'll get back to the coverage of the devastation in haiti in a moment, but first a look at the top stories we are following at the same time. there is a credible threat from al qaeda in yemen. we have more on this this morning. jean, what do we know. >> reporter: two officials are calling it a credible threat fr
in america. >>> quick check now on the story that cnn's been following in morehead city on the north carolina coast. police have been telling people to clear out of the downtown area. it seems that a forklift punctured nine shipping containers filled with explosives, including, get this, petn. that's the stuff that was linked to the underwear of the christmas day bombing suspect. we're going to keep you updated on how police, firefighters, and ordnance crews are handling this. should know a lot more this hour. >>> and were you really shocked to hear this? mark mcgwire now admits he took steroids during his career, including his career when he broke a record that had stood for 37 years. roger paper riss' single-season home-run mark. mcgwire has been keeping a low profile for the last two years, ever since he refused to answer steroid questions before congress. now, truth and a few tears. >> i wish it had never come into my life, but we're sitting here talking about it. i'm so sorry that i have to. i apologize to everybody in major league baseball. my family. the marises, bud selig. today was t
for middle america. the ice age cometh to the southern plains again. >>> tech knnotechno geeks aroun world giddy over apple's tablet. the latest installment of "as the worm turns." >>> president obama's first official state of the union address, so much on the line, where does he even start? suzanne malveaux's got that covered for us. >>> watergate light? a louisiana version? is that what we have on our hands in brianna keilar's got her ear to the story, so to speak. >>> and is the stimulus package giving us our money's worth in don lemon manning the cnn stimulus desk and keeping them honest. >>> we are 12 hours away from president obama's first state of the union address. if the past few days are an indicator, getting america's financial house in order is at the top of the president's to-do list. cnn white house correspondent suzanne malveaux, help us out here. what's he going to say? >> i've been speaking with white house officials this morning. clearly what they're trying to do is create a tone of "yes we can" once again to really give the american people not only a sense of faith in th
out for them. >> i have never been more hopeful than i am about america's future than tonight. >> reporter: good try, but -- >> he is living a dream. >> reporter: this area has not seen signs of the easing. one-third of the people here live below the poverty level. >> i didn't say it would be easy. >> reporter: it's something people here understand, but distrust in government runs deep, even among democrats. >> they should be embarrassed, republicans and democrats, they should be embarrassed what they are doing to us now. >> reporter: he offered tax credits for child care and a cap on student loan programs. the most popular idea, using money paid back by bailed out wall street banks to help small businesses. >> i think he means it, but can he get it done? that's the question. >> seems like he was trying to put a lot of sugar on a lot of things. he was jumping around and trying to appease everybody. >> reporter: still, others felt they heard what they heard during his run for president, especially when he called for bipartis bipartisansh bipartisanship. >> the civil war is over
tour sponsored by the u.s. government to get america ready for the 2010 census. >> it will have enormous impact on communities and people all across america. >> commerce secretary heads up the agency that is supposed to count every single person in america. >> voter or not, registered as a voter or not and weather they are a natural citizen. >> reporter: they are spending to get people to fill out this census form. at stake? power and money. congressional seats are doled out depending on the amounts. >> this is money for schools and human services and medical services as well as transportation. >> reporter: things got so contentious during the 2000 count, some were sued. the supreme court ruled utah could not count missionaries serving overseas. >> who knows what that would have meant as far as dollars and cents and programs, and to have one more person in the congress working on behalf of utah does make a difference. >> reporter: this time around utah is likely to get that seat. some are expected to gain one big seat. texas could gain as many as four. ten states, most located i
beyond our government because america has no greater resource than the strength and the compassion of the american people. we just met in the oval office, an office they both know well. and i'm pleased that president george w. bush and president bill clinton have agreed to lead a major fund-raising effort for relief. the clinton-bush haiti fund. on behalf of the american people, i want to thank both of you for returning to service and leading this urgent mission. this is a model that works. after the terrible tsunami in asia, president bush turned to president clinton and the first president bush to lead a similar fund. that effort raised substantial resources for the victims of that disaster, money that helped save lives, deliver aid, and rebuild communities. and that's exactly what the people of haiti desperately need right now. every day that goes by we learn more about the horrifying scope of this catastrophe, destruction and suffering that defies comprehension. entire communities buried under mountains of concrete, families sleeping in the streets injured, desperate for care,
and they need the government, i'm so grateful for america because they're in there, and all the other nations coming in and helping and i feel so proud of america for that, i'm so proud to be an american, to see that, even though my ancestors are haitians that were coming together. everyone wants to come together and help my country. i'm just thankful. thank you. >> i can only imagine how you feel. we're all proud to be americans at this point especially with the relief we're getting into. if you look behind you there, there's the assignment desk at cnn in new york. you hand those names to them, they will get them to the people in the field and well look for those people. >> thank you so much, and god bless. >> god bless you as well. >>> amid all the heartache in haiti, there are some bright spots as well. you're going to hear from one family in texas who got some good news after waiting for days. anncr vo: ...call emergency services... anncr vo: ...collect accident information. anncr vo: or just watch some fun videos. anncvo: it's so easy, a caveman can do it. caveman: unbelievable... cavema
the crime scene last night after a tip from someone who saw the story on "america's most wanted." marriage is accused of killing four family members, including his own 6-year-old cousin. relatives were relieved when they heard the news of his arrest. >> it means i'll be able to sleep a little better tonight and i won't be patrolling the inside of my house with my shotgun thinking that the monster is right around the corner. i've been in protective mode. and now that he's captured, at least my family, we can even begin the healing process. >> marriage faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder. >>> the deadly mudslides in brazil, crews hoping to find survivors yesterday found nothing but bodies. after a huge piece of mountain collapsed on a seaside tourist resort, at least 60 people have died from the slides and torrential flooding on the southern coast of the country. >>> el we'll get the latest on the weather here back in the us. it is awfully cold and it will be stormy when it comes to the snowfall. >> we have the use the words polar, arctic.
, every single day, america's cutting edge, national america's cutting edge, national conversation starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> and hello again, everybody. i'm rick sanchez with the next generation of news. this is conversation and not a speech and it is always your turn to get involved. that is the white house that you are looking at right there, and today is the day. the president is back in town. he is in a meeting right now to discuss terrorism, comma, the prevention of. at that meeting are men and women in charge of every facet of america's security, the fbi is there and the cia and the military and the nsa and homeland security, and agents with counterterrorism departments -- there are no cameras or reporters or any open doors. let me show you who is there as a matter of fact. here is a list of the people who are attending. you see them right there. you have several cabinet members. there are generals, both serving and retired as well. almost all of them familiar face, and too many to count. there is the white house counsel, the deputies of communicati
there too. they need the government -- i'm so grateful for america because they're in there and all of the other nations coming in and helping and i feel so proud of america for that. i'm so proud to be an american to see that even though my ancestors, my haitians that are coming together, everyone wants to come together and help my country -- i'm just thankful, thank you. >> listen -- we can -- you know, i can only imagine how you feel. we're all proud to be americans at this point when discussing the relief that we're giving. if you look right behind me. there's the asin signment desk at cnn in new york. you hand those names to them. they'll get it to the producers in the field, look for the people on your list. straight behind you, walk up to the desk, talk to the first person you see. thanks so much, naomi. >> thank you, god bless. >> god bless you as well. >>> amid all of the heart break in haiti, there are some bright spots as well. you're going to hear from one family in texas who got some very good news after waiting for very good news after waiting for days. g, waiting to s
are making to preserve and defend what makes america great. regardless of your race, religion, gender, creed or sexual orientation, that commitment is the same. and this is a real opportunity for president obama to engage in this dialogue. and i think that's what he needs to bring to the table if he gets any kind of push back from these traditionally socially conservative constituents. >> he didn't say he would repeal the congress, he said he would work with the congress. even if he starts to work with the congress now, it could take years before it could happen. >> you have spoken about this on your radio show, i've seen you write about it. some people are telling the president it's a second term issue. >> i think the president needs to take a stand on something he believes in, something he's passionate about. i think we saw yesterday in that great performance he did, people like to see him passionate and believing in something. they want to get behind him. this is a no-brainer, 75% of americans support it, and it is something that he said this year i will work toward it. a lot of people to
to the american red cross. yele, oxfam america, u.s. world food program and partners in help which operates ten relief programs, medical relief programs, in haiti. that is the telethon tonight. it is the "home for haiti now" telethon tonight on 25 different networks at 8:00 p.m. i know it's a friday night. i know you may have other plans. it is really worth canceling those plans and watching this tonight. this is important for the world. >>> all right, well, he is one of the bigwigs of the obama administration, and he is a long way from home. we'll tell you who is making a surprise visit to iraq when we come back. the 5-year, 100,000 mile transferable powertrain warranty, from buick. withoadside assistance and courtesy transportation, it's the best coverage in america. withoadside assistance and courtesy transportation, how do we know howow many classrooms we need? the census helps us know exactly what we need. so everyone can get their fair share of funding. we can't move forward until you mail it back. 2010 census aren't absorbed properly unless taken with food. he recommended citracal. it's
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reid is apologizing to the president and everyone in america. we'll tell you why. >>> and a winter tragedy in vermont when snowmobiles crash through a frozen lake. [ female announcer ] the only thing better than seafood is enjoying it together. and right now, a complete seafood dinner for two is just $29.99 at red lobster. you both get a fresh salad and irresistible cheddar bay biscuits... two entrees from a menu of classic favorites and new creations. and your choice of either an appetizer or a dessert to share. your favorite seafood with your favorite person. just $29.99. for a limited time at red lobster. >>> he is one of the most powerful men in washington. and just weeks ago he successfully navigated president obama's signature legislation through the senate. but majority leader harry reid spent his saturday apologizing to the president and all americans for comments he made about mr. obama during the 2008 presidential campaign. we're learning more about the quotes, which appear in a new book on the 2008 campaign called "game change." reid is quoted as saying then senator obam
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for the next few weeks, what corporate america has to say about the economy at the end of 2009. the first one to weigh in on the matter is a big disappointment. we are at the new york stock exchange with more. >> reporter: we will hear from hundreds and hundreds of companies over the next few weeks, heidi. but there is fear alcoa's results could set the tone for everybody else. the aluminum giant reported a loss, much smaller than the year before. but revenue fell because of weakness in the aerospace. to keep, al kcoa is cutting positions. and then video game sales struggle. and electronic art shares tumbling. do you detect a theme here? walmart planning to close some sam club's next week. the stores from all across the country from new york to california. the earnings disappointments are not being well received here. the nasdaq down in the first minute of trading. this is the season that we get into here, and it's tunnel vision. you hear from a company, and then the reaction is pretty swift. sometimes it's punishing. >> yeah, no question. we are watching the reports as we continue to come ou
of "black in america and latino in america" specials. and roland martin on the white house lawn getting ready to interview the president. he's apologizing for his word choice. using the word "negro" saying negro dialect. richard, what is the proper term for people of color now? is that in no way, shape or form a proper word? >> there are people who prefer to be called negro. it duds live on in organizations like the united negro college fund, but yes, it is considered obsolete. we have moved on from the days. it brings back memories of a different time. but i do believe that people should be called what they want to be called. one reason the question is coming up is it's on the census form and the census found out last time that some people insisted that a that was what they wanted to be called. so they have a choice for them to make this year on this year's census. >> we always talk about a conversation about race. i remember years ago there was a website that came out where if you had crazy questions about black people, white people, hispanic people, you can ask questions and people s
, it is not just only america providing security assistance, it is america providing leadership and convincing yemen's neighbors, particularly arab states, saudi arabia and kuwait, and the arab league, to lead this particular effort to prevent the collapse of the yemen into being failed state. >> not yet failed. all right. we appreciate. so much more to learn about yemen. thank you for the discussion. >>> president obama, by the way, returning to washington this week. cnn's senior white house official ed henry has been traveling with the president in hawaii where the president is winding up his vacation. ed, wow. we know -- obviously, the president has a lot on his plate and as soon as he touches down in washington, what is priority number one? >> well, clearly, it is protecting the u.s. homeland. that's why we are seeing a very aggressive action when john brennan the president's homeland security adviser, was on the sunday talk shows today, outlining, you know, clearly shutting down at least temporarily the u.s. embassy in yemen because of threats there. beefing up transportation security. ma
defined americas its ability to overcome even the most daunting difficulties. >> president barack obama is pledging to hold accountable everyone involved in that botched terror plot back on christmas day. cnn senior white house correspondent ed henry has been traveling with the president in honolulu, looking like a beautiful day. big day for the president coming out officially on record saying, yes, we are linking this thwarted bomb plot to al qaeda. the president is talking tough today. >> reporter: that's right. happy new year to you. the president clearly saying for the first time in the strongest lack wage that he believes there was an al qaeda link to this terror incident on christmas day, linking it to the al qaeda group of the arabia peninsula. he made clear to americans he is fighting extremists, terrorists in yemen, particularly, where it's believed there are these ties, number one, but number two, he is also tough on u.s. officials saying if there are intelligence officials who had some information suggesting there could be an attack, suggesting this event ul suspect had ties
of incident. but those lights there, that's america, the u.s. border. this reminds you just how close this war on drugs is being fought to american soil. but before the night is over, there is even more carnage to come. all this in our one afternoon and evening visit to this deadly city. this time it's almost too much to bear. it's just after 11:00, and where you see those policemen gathered at that door, there's just been four more slayings. this time, all women. the early reports are that a gunman walked in that door and executed all of them. one of them a 12-year-old girl, another 14. and then a gut-wrenching irony, all of this done with the american border crossing just here, 80 yards away. there can be no more pertinent reminder of the mexican blood that's being spilled in this war for the right to supply america's demand for illicit drugs. michael ware, cnn, juarez, mexico. >>> i'm not going to answer your questions. you can ask it all the way you want to ask it but i'm not going to answer your questions. >> senator ensign stepped into the hot seat and i did what i was supposed to do so
to seeing, and he is talk about a tax on morgan stanley, goldman sachs, bank of america, and the big guys. well, here he is again, the president saying that the banks bailed out by the taxpayers are now trying to duck their responsibilities. >> we are already hearing a huewen cry from wall street saying that the proposed tax is not unwelcomed, but unfair. by some twisted logic, it is more fair for the american people to bear the cost of the bailout rather than the industry who benefited from it even though the executives are out there giving themselves huge bonuses. what i'd say to these executives is this, instead of sending a phalanx of lobbyists to fight this proposal or employing a group of accountants and attorneys to evade the fee, i would say, consider meeting your responsibilities. >> strong words today from the president. now, let's turn a corner here and at the same time the president is coming down on the banks, their ceos who have just been hauled before a special commission trying to get to the bottom of exactly what went wrong, why they made the bad loans that nearly wrecked
down so the rest of america could stand up. this is a time when we wanted -- students, young people like my son here, as 18 years old now, he was only 2 years old when we started this museum. and we wanted to make sure that his generation and generations yet unborn would be able to appreciate what these four young men did 50 years ago. 50 years from now, be able to come to this museum and see the lunch counter and appreciate what happened on that date so they will be able to have the privileges they have today. >> ryan, let me ask you your point of view. you will be one of the tour guides. what happen 50d years ago is so far removed from anything that you have experienced in your lifetime. how can you relate to what is being shared by way of this museum and what is being shared by general mcneil? >> i mean, the -- the maas yum is wonderful. my father and everybody who was involved in it, you know, very great job, hands-down performance. and, you know, the museum brings out a lot of things that i didn't even know with my father telling through my life, the museum still brings out stu
saying the attack on christmas day was indeed the work of al qaeda. and that the message to america is the same as it was on september 11th. >> the message intended to be sent to you confirming an earlier message that the september 11th hero delivered to you and repeated before and after that event. and that is that the united states will not enjoy safety until we live it in reality in palestine. on the table osama bill says attacks will continue to be carried out by al qaeda on american soil. he equated the safety of the american people with that of the people who live in the gaza strip. >> translator: the united states will not dream of enjoying safety until we live it in reality in palestine. it is not fair tone joy that kind of life while our brothers in gaza live in the worst of miseries. therefore, god willing, our attacks will continue as long as you support the israelis. intelligence analysts here telling cnn they believe that this could be a sign that osama bin laden did not know about the failed bombing, the plot to bring down the jet from amsterdam to detroit until after
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. and the community enu.community north america and europe are as much a part of this uprising. >> i want it to be a conversation here. i happen to figure -- this is one of the most important stories of our time if there is a democracy if ahmadinejad is taken out of power. before we go and talk a little bit, do you think ahmadinejad will be taken out of power if you believe he's a puppet, he's between khomeini and mir hossein mousavi, in the middle but really has no power? >> from the beginning he has not been a player, particularly over the last three months. he's no longer a figure. your concentration, the world attention on this issue is absolutely extraordinary and necessary. because the very unique phenomenon, don, is a nonviolent civil rights movement in the context of a very violent context and the implication of this, given the demographic aspect of this movement, 80% of the population is under the age of 40. 50% of it is under the age of 25. the reason that it has this global resonance is precisely that you have a nonviolent civil rights uprising, mostly charged by young people.
for his death in america and outside america. there's a curse on every person. >> you hear them making references to baitullah mehsud, the former leader of the taliban in pakistan. he was killed last summer. nic robertson had been talking with malawi, his family, in amman, jordan. nic, hello to you. it leaves a lot of people scratching their heads that the family is not denying it, not necessarily saying he didn't do it. instead, some are actually proud of it. >> reporter: his wife has said she is proud of him. i spoke to his father a little while ago. he said he was very upset. he said he was upset about the people that had done this to his son. he implied people intentionally brainwashed him. but when we asked him, you know, who do you mean here specifically, he seems to be implying that he thinks the intelligence agencies who were trying to run his son as an agent to get inside al qaeda are responsible for what happened. he was asked whether or not what he thought about the fact that people were killed by his son. he said if there were civilians killed then i would be absolutely ang
makes america great. and regardless of your race, your religion, your gender, your creed or your sexual orientation, that commitment is the same. this is a real opportunity for president obama to engage in this dialogue. and i think that's what he needs to bring to the table if he gets any kind of pushback from these traditionally socially conservative constituents. >> the president said he would work with the congress. he didn't say he would repeal it. he said he would work with the congress. even if he does start to work with the congress now, it could take years before it actually happens. you have spoken about this on your radio show, i've seen you write about it. some are telling the president this is a second term issue and if he takes this on, there may not be a second term. >> i think the president really needs to take a stand on something he believes in, something he's passionate about. i think we saw just yesterday in that great performance he did, people like to see him passionate and believing in something. they want to get behind him. this is a no-brainer. 75% of americans
of touch, not only with where america and his district are but how african-americans generally feel about these issues. >> michael steele calling for him to step down for harry reid to step down along with republican senator john cornyn. what do you make of this call for him to resign? >> we should expect michael steele to go out this morning and ask harry reid to step down as well as john cornyn, the texas senator who oversees the campaign operation for republicans. that is their job. he has no plans of stepping down. gop operatives tonight are putting together quotes from 2002 when democratic senators said that trent lott should step down. i've been told over the next couple days expect them to hammer home and highlight quotes from democratic senators and pressure senators to do the same with harry reid. now the reid camp says he has no plans on stepping down and quite frankly this is not the biggest issue for him to deal with. this is terribly embarrassing. a lot of black leaders across the country have come out and said they accepted his apology. president obama accepted his apology.
that they could make change. >> the power of the people and only really in america is this story even possible. here's what i want to ask you. when you -- i want to know what changed if anything about your life, when you think about the issues and the problems we have now. oh, someone yelled at me at work or i'm having a hard time looking at this and you look at fires, the video, the hoses on the dogs for people there, did this, by doing this documentary, did it change your life or your view on anything? >> well, it really made me see, you know, that movements start with every day people. you know, one of the most amazing things about this film is that they asked martin luther king twice to join them on the rides and he refused. the kennedys both, bobby kennedy and john kennedy are not the kind of civil rights heroes yet that they become later on. you know, they are very ambivalent about the civil rights movement. but it is these people, every day people, who take a stand that really made. this and those are people that made the movement, you know, and i think it's really important that yes we
numbers of citizens in the united states of america who believe this is going in the wrong direction, there is a limit to what you can keep saying that, okay, they just don't get it. if we just pass a bill, they'll get it. no, no. i mean i think that we should maybe internalize that we're not doing things entirely correctly. >> reporter: kyra, i think that sound bite is so telling because it just shows you how much democrats really didn't consider that this was going to be a possibility and really just how much chaos it has thrown the health care reform situation into here on capitol hill. >> i think chaos is the perfect word to use, because a lot of people are wondering now, okay, is health care reform dead in the water or can democrats still shepherd something through. >> reporter: there are a number of options. democrats aren't going to like any of them. there is really a question of if they can just hold themselves together in order to move forward on some of these different avenues. one would be to rush something through before senator brown is seated. that appears unlikely. the
the rest of the world now, i think what america ought to be very concerned about is the rest of the world, even the relatively poor countries, are focused like a laser beam on getting their kids real lly smart, giving thea really strong work ethic, particularly giving them capabilities in science and technology and innovating. there's no stimulus package that this country can possibly put together that will have a better return than stimulating the next generation of kids in this country to be for the 21st country our thomas edison and the wilbur and or vilwright and the google boys. every kid watching your show today knows britney spears, paris hilton, they all know winning the race to the super bowl. who's winning the race to the room-temperature superconductor? that will change the way we make and distribute energy. >> do you think 20 years from now we're going to be doing things on a daily basis that, "a," we cannot even imagine right now, and, "b," makes our lives today seem antiquated? >> the kids in high school today, particularly those getting prepared for the 21st century world,
to keep your books especially efficient? is there an additional responsibility to comes to america from having the stimulus funding? >> yes, absolutely. what we have to do is we have to track all of the dollars and who's being hired and when they're being hired. so with part of this project, we have to track not only our jobs but the jobs of the contractor, the subcontractor, the suppliers, the police, everyone who's involved in the job. the amtrak employees. see, not only do we have 7 million, the contractor has 50 million, amtrak has 10 million and all of this money filters out from these organizations to suppliers. their shippers, everything. so ai engineers benefits. then all of the other people involved in this job. so you almost have a spider work of jobs going out into the rest of the industry and those people spend money and their spouses and everyone spend money. so it's spread out. >> arnold, thank you for joining us today. tony, just another example of someone out there who has benefited. i feel a little guilty shrinking someone, but i've got to do it. we get to add this to o
the president try to reach out to them. >> i have never been more hopeful about america's future than i am tonight. >> reporter: it was a good try, but. >> he's having a dream. >> reporter: his skepticism isn't surprising. youngstown, ohio, hasn't seen signs the recession is easing. one-third of the people here live below the poverty level. >> i never suggested that change would be easy. or that i could do it alone. >> reporter: it's something people here understand, but distrust in government at all levels runs deep. even with some democrats. >> they should be embarrassed, the democrats and the republicans, they should be embarrassed what they're doing to us now. >> reporter: in an attempt to ease that kind of anger, the president offered populous proposals like tax credits for child care and a cap on student loan programs. his most popular idea here, though, using money paid back by bailed-out wall street banks to help small businesses. >> i think he means it, but can he get it done. that's the question. >> it seemed as if he was trying to put a lot of sugar on a lot of things. it just s
now. look, stephanie, most of america is not going to like what they hear from wall street this week on these bonuses. >> nope, you're right, tony. you know what? the thing about the banks is they're in a really rough spot. their employees aren't going to be happy in general. a lot of people outside of wall street are pretty much like you guys, just do not get it. you got bailed out. you're the reason why we went into this whole economic deback kl over the last couple of years and you guys just are not connected to the pain that is out there right now. overall it's going to be a difficult situation for the banks. just to give you an idea of what people are saying on capitol hill, let's take a listen to christina romer and hear what she said to john king on "state of the union" this weekend. >> no one wanted to bail out the banks just for the banks' sake. it's because we know that credit is the life blood of a modern economy. without it, families can't get loans to buy cars or send their kids to school. small businesses can't get loans. so we know that the financial sector matters. bu
? border concerns about america's decline. so who better to talk to about all of this than larry summers, one of the most brilliant economists in the world, former treasury secretary, now advising president obama in the white house. after that, an extraordinary candid, open, even angry conversation with the iran jane foreign minister. perhaps the most unusual part the majority was in english. now many iranian dignitaries speak english but normally will not do so in interviews. it is a point of national pride. perhaps a refusal to vow to western norms. anyway, i started speaking with the foreign minister about the iran's nuclear program and spoke for several moments. when i asked him about iran's disputed elections and the resulting protests, he took off his earpiece and asked if he could continue in english. >> for those coming fir fire,killing, shooting and other things -- >> there are no reports the protesters were shooting and firing. this are reports the bess sxeej revolutionary guard were doing that. >> do not agree there was violence there? >> there was violence but from the besieg
and saying, you know, they have relatives in america, and they want you to somehow get a message to their loved ones. and the message, it's always simple. it's never a complex message. it's always just i'm alive. i'm alive and i'm okay. families seek shade wherever they can. on the streets, the dead are silently carted by. aid is arriving. help is coming. for eddie jasmine, it's already too late. he's 10 years old. his father just died. all he has are these three small pictures. all thee wants is to be with his father again. >> and our coverage continues now. time for me to hand it off to kyra phillips in new york. >> t.j., thanks so much. >>> we're looking at a live shot of the white house right now. any second for the third straight day, president obama is due to make comments on haiti. today, he finally talked by phone with the country's president, promising long-term u.s. help in rebuilding. this is mr. obama's only public event of the day, by the way, and you will see it live right here in the "cnn newsroom." >>> we are four hours away from the 72-hour mark in haiti. 3 full
. not a broadway show, but a national tour, sponsored by the u.s. government to get america ready for the 2010 census. >> it will have enormous impact on communities and people all across america. >> reporter: commerce secretary gary locke heads up the agency that's supposed to count every single person in the country. >> it's the responsibility of every person living in america, whether they're a voter or gnaw, whether they're registered as a voter or not or even whether or not they're a natural u.s. citizen. >> reporter: the government is spending more than $340 million, including a massive ad campaign in 28 languages, to get people to fill out this census form. at stake, power and money. congressional seats are doled out depending on a state's population, and so is $400 billion in federal funding. >> if you want your fair share, be counted, because this is money for schools, for human services, for medical services as well as for transportation. >> reporter: things got so contentious during the 2000 count that utah sued the census bureau. >> in the end we were 856 persons short of having th
-term abortions. roeder admits killing the doctor to save the unborn. >>> air america, the talk radio network is pulling the plug and liquidating. it was launched by al franken to counter conservative radio. ad sales fell during the recession and no investors stemmed up. >>> a quicker tax break for you if you're helping people in haiti. we've got details. >>> another story about helping out that, frankly, really moved our cynical news hearts. we will show you what the homeless are doing for people in the quake zone. [ female announcer ] the only thing better than seafood is enjoying it together. and right now, a complete seafood dinner for two is just $29.99 at red lobster. you both get a fresh salad and irresistible cheddar bay biscuits... two entrees from a menu of classic favorites and new creations. and your choice of either an appetizer or a dessert to share. your favorite seafood with your favorite person. just $29.99. for a limited time at red lobster. >>> some help for all of you who are helping haiti's earthquake victims. a new bill will let you write off your donations this tax seas
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